May 19, 2020

SOPA and PIPA Battle Rages on. What Now?

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SOPA and PIPA Battle Rages on. What Now?

 

For the most part, everything on the Internet has resumed its normal course after Wednesday’s much-discussed online protest of SOPA and PIPA. The Google homepage logo is now fully visible, Reddit is back up and kicking and even Wikipedia has returned, with a thank you message that reads, in part:

“You said no. You shut down Congress’s switchboards. You melted their servers. From all around the world your messages dominated social media and the news. Millions of people have spoken in defense of a free and open Internet.”

According to nonprofit anti-SOPA/PIPA organization Fight for the Future, Wednesday’s strike resulted in:

-4,500,000 petition signatures

-Over 2,000,000 emails sent to Congress (through Electronic Frontier Foundation, Fight for the Future and Demand Progress alone)

-75,000 websites on strike

-34 public statements from Senators denouncing PIPA

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While it’s clear that many people took to their keyboards to speak up against SOPA and PIPA, what’s next for the bills is a little more unclear, particularly because both bills are still in play.

Rep. Lamar Smith has vowed that the fight to pass SOPA is not over and that will continue markup in February. PIPA, which has not been publically dropped as dramatically as SOPA, heads to the Senate for a vote on January 24.

So although PIPA/SOPA opponents have reason to celebrate Wednesday’s progress, the battle is still raging.

Some have offered support for legislation introduced by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), who themselves oppose PIPA and SOPA and crafted the Online Protection & Enforcement of Digital Trade Act, also known as the OPEN Act.

OPEN aims to cut off money to foreign piracy sites through the U.S. International Trade Commission, but PIPA and SOPA supporters say that this approach would not be as effective.

Fight for the Future urges people to continue fighting PIPA and SOPA by “calling your Senator every day next week” and visiting Senators’ district offices. The organization writes:

“What seemed like miles away a few weeks ago is now within reach.”

 

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Jun 18, 2021

Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking

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Intelliwave Technologies outlines how it provides data and visibility benefits for APTIM

“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.

We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time  spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.

Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate. 

With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.

There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.

Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture. 

It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.

Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.

On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.

As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.

A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.

 

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